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The Stettheimer Dolls’ House

September 13th, 2011

You might remember a few weeks ago we featured an amazing dolls’ house called the Fairy Castle which was created by silent movie actress Colleen Moore.  We thought it might be interesting to do an occasional series on famous dolls’ houses from around the world, starting with another amazing creation from the US – the Stettheimer Dolls’ House – which is housed in the Museum of the City of New York.

Standing 28 inches tall and 50 inches long and 35 inches wide, this remarkable house was created by Carrie Walter Stettheimer over the course of 20 years from 1916 to 1935.  Carrie, together with her sisters Florine and Henrietta and her mother Rosetta, hosted sophisticated gatherings of writers, artists and musicians in early 20th Century New York.

The house consists of twelve rooms and the interiors reflect the fashion and style of New York’s high society with such exquisite features as Limoges vases in the chintz bedroom and crystal trimmed candelabra in the salon.  But what is the most remarkable feature of the dolls’ house is its art collection which consists of tiny copies of paintings and sculptures created by famous artists of the time.  Most notable is a miniature copy of Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Nude descending a staircase’ by the artist himself.

You can find more pictures of the exterior and interiors of the house on the Museum’s website and across search engines.


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